Saturday, October 14, 2006

Potpurri lll

I'm doing something I've never done before today. I'm making home-made bread. I sold my breadmaker in favor of my cupboard space when we moved here, and I've never attempted it before, but half-way through the first rise, it looks good.

A lady we grew up with used to make home-made bread. She is a wonderful cook. I was amazed half way through the kneeding workout that she used to make loaves of home-made bread and bring it to us. That was a lot of time and love to give away, but if my bread turns out half as good, I'll be thrilled. MMMMMmmmmm homemade bread with a schmeer of butter and strawberry jam. What a wonderful lady she is.

We had a tea-party this morning. Actually it was a hot-cocoa party. Know what is fun to eat off tiny plates? Croutons. Or as Vin calls them...."frootons."

I caught Mattie the other night with something hidden behind her back and a guilty look on her face. When I asked what she was doing, she revealed the round aluminum butter dish my mom found for me at an auction (I LOVE old aluminum). "It's like a restaurant serving thing for my dolls!" Mattie declared. Indeed it is...Bon Appetit, Dollies.

Charleigh has fallen in love with The Little Mermaid. She knows two lines and I find her singing them to herself all day..."Kiss the girl!" and "Under the Sea!" She dances around and sings the same line over and over again.

Vin has developed a new fear. Every school-day he tells us to hurry and get up because he doesn't want to be "targy." We tend to dawdle just to get him to say, "I'm going to be TARGY!" as many times as possible.

Robb has a job interview on Wednesday afternoon. Pray that he gets it. He has been put in charge today of making the breakroom at FCS "Hospital Clean" per the DM's orders. I'd like you to take a little guess right now of how enjoyable that might be for the poor guy.

I have a new technique to curb the tattling my children are becoming prone to do: When one kid comes to tattle on the other, both of them have to sit in time out. So far, so good.

I tweak an old recipe the other night and ended up with something everyone liked a lot, so I thought I'd post it here:

Spaghetti Pie with Sausage

1 lb roll of mild turkey sausage
1 can of Hunts spaghetti sauce with green peppers and mushrooms
1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti pasta
1 egg
1 tablespoon of butter
parmesan cheese.

Cook the spaghetti and brown the meat. Mix the sauce with the meat and set aside.

Drain spaghetti and put it back in the hot pan with butter. Mix in the egg and about 3 good tablespoons of parmesan. When it is fully blended together, put it in a deep dish pie pan. Spread the sauce over the top, but don't mix, and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake covered in a 350 oven for about a half hour. It cuts into pie slices that are a lot easier to manage for the kids.

Okay, time to fly...the bread is rising!


Darla said...

the bread looks amazing.... i think i can smell it from here!
:-) fun post... thanks for sharing.

Shari Ann said...

You are so funny. I feel like we just had a conversation. Man I miss you. Call me.

Amber said...

Hey Vanessa! That bread looks so yummy!! I bet it turned out great!

Just wanted to let you know that I've found your blog, and so I'll be reading it now too! Yea! I've got one too, if you have time to check it every once in a while.

:) Amber

The Fowler Family said...

Your bread looks awesome! Good for you-- trying something new is good cleansing for your heart and mind.

If you like Apple Butter-- you can make it overnight (or all day) by putting applesauce in a crock-pot with some cinnamon and ground cloves. Love that with homemade bread.

I just found the rest of your October posts-- I am still learning to navigate this stuff-- I am chewing on your entry regarding joy. I think you are definitely "on" to the truth about the matter. I will have to read it again later when my children aren't so loud.

More later--

ness said...

hey amy...Robb especially loves applebutter...i can't wait to try that. And it'll make the house smell great!

I keep thinking about that post sure seems like I might be on to something....the "bad" stuff this week hasn't been nearly as surprising!

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